Friday, August 12, 2022


Essays by a diverse group of writers, in the United States and abroad, engaged in rethinking psychiatry. (The directory of personal stories can be found here, and initiatives here).

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The ENIGMA-MDD Project: Searching for the Neuropathology of “Major Depressive Disorder”

There's an old saying in research: "garbage in; garbage out". Research based on invalid concepts or false assumptions will produce invalid conclusions.
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Fifty-Eight Years Beyond the Community Mental Health Act, 1963

Do not focus on "getting more beds" or "providing better treatment." Focus on homes with windows and giant gardens where survivors can be coached to rebel and dance with wild abandon.
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Mad in Canada

Mad in Canada aims to bridge the “knowledge gap” between practice and science, pushing patient care further up the list of priorities.
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Desperate Remedies

History shows us that the mentally ill are extraordinarily vulnerable to therapeutic experimentation, some particularly brutal and extreme, which continues to the present day.

The Looting of “Outsider Art” by Psychiatry Continues Today

The German museum of the Prinzhorn Collection, which opened in 2001, exhibits the stolen art of those considered by the Nazis to be "degenerates."

Anti-Psychiatry, Szasz, Torrey, Biederman & the Death of Freethinking

Americans appear to be increasingly terrified by the possibility of ostracism, including for failing to conform to psychiatry dogma. This prevents critical thinking.

Mad in México

Mad in México, which launched in September of last year, exists to make “los abandonados” heard. It aims to amplify those voices, empower them, embolden them.
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Psychiatry Upgraded the Declaration of Independence

According to psychiatry, unhappiness is a medically treatable disease. No need to "pursue" happiness other than by swallowing pills called “antidepressants.”

The Censors Are Coming for Mental Health

To a profession that regularly uses coercion and force to keep clients medicated, any information that might dissuade from treatment is hazardous.

Mad in the Netherlands

“We had a goal of being a gateway that provides access to international knowledge and information about psychiatry,” said founder and editor Monique Timmermans.
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Robert Spitzer on DSM-III: A Recently Recovered Interview

Robert Spitzer, chair of the Task Force for DSM-III, discusses his decisions on inclusion, exclusion, expansion, and renaming disorders in the manual.
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Collateral Damage: The Negative Impact of Antidepressants on New Zealand Youth

Health and wellbeing in young people are trending down in New Zealand. Are antidepressants to blame?

Toxic Marketing: The Business of Selling TMS

Ads pushing transcranial magnetic stimulation are everywhere. As someone harmed by the treatment, I believe they are misleading and unethical.
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Mad in Italy

Mad in Italy's main focus is research, publishing articles on failures of the disease model and the effectiveness of alternate, humanistic approaches. The goal is policy change; the means is data.
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Malignant Do-Gooderism: The Tragedies of Allopathic Psychiatry

My personal struggle to stop my friend’s court-ordered psychiatric deterioration has reached the US Supreme Court.

Fear and Loathing in the ECT Debate

Proponents of ECT have resorted to ad hominem attacks and rude language in addition to reiterating the same tired points over and over. John Read responds.
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Mad in Norway

"People are getting some faith back. People are getting some hope, and they are finding each other, and we are building this community of people who want a change."
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Susan Inman Is at It Again

Veterans of our mental health system know that seeking voluntary care is dangerous. We will organize and find our voice. People like Ms. Inman need to get out of our way.

The Danger of Marginalizing People

Instead of increasing understanding of our differences, the mental health system contributes to the marginalization of people it classifies as mentally ill.
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Why Is Psychiatry So Defensive About Criticism? Part 2

The definition of "mental illness" is not elusive. The "philosophical difficulties" in the notion of "mental illness" are obfuscations by psychiatrists.
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Consternation of the Bees

How do we get back to the place where bees know how to hive, where unstressed mothers teach each other to breast feed, stop and rock and to discipline gently? Where artists are heard?

Mad in Brasil

As is true of all Mad in America affiliates, Mad in Brasil want to see a transformation of the current drug-based paradigm of care, says Fernando de Freitas, psychologist and co-creator of the site.
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The New DSM Is Coming and That Isn’t Good News

Binge Eating Disorder is one of many invalid diagnoses we’ll continue to receive as a result of the APA’s failure to correct the mistakes of past versions of the DSM.

Evidence Distortion in Medicine Explained in One Single Chart

15 positive and 15 negative studies of antidepressants were reported to the FDA. But while all 15 positive trials were published, only 7 negative trials were.
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Why Is Psychiatry So Defensive About Criticism?

Although I disagree with much of Dr. Aftab's article, it is, nevertheless, a courageous piece of writing. He calls out many of psychiatry's contradictions and errors.

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